American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A structure, such as a building or sculpture, erected as a memorial.
- n. An inscribed marker placed at a grave; a tombstone.
- n. Something venerated for its enduring historic significance or association with a notable past person or thing: the architectural monuments of ancient Rome; traditions that are monuments to an earlier era.
- n. An outstanding enduring achievement: a translation that is a monument of scholarship.
- n. An exceptional example: "Thousands of them wrote texts, some of them monuments of dullness” ( Robert L. Heilbroner).
- n. An object, such as a post or stone, fixed in the ground so as to mark a boundary or position.
- n. A written document, especially a legal one.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anything by which the memory of a person, a period, or an event is preserved or perpetuated; hence, any conspicuous, permanent, or splendid building, as a medieval cathedral, or any work of art or industry constituting a memorial of the past; a memorial.
- n. Specifically, a pile, pillar, or other structure erected expressly in memory of events, actions, or persons.
- n. A stone shaft, or a structure of stone or other enduring material, erected over a grave in memory of the dead.
- n. 4. A burial-vault; a tomb.
- n. Any enduring evidence or example; a singular or notable instance.
- n. In surveying and the law of conveyancing, any object, natural or artificial, fixed in the soil and referred to in a deed or other document as a means of ascertaining the location of a tract of land or any part of its boundaries. In this sense the word is applied to such objects as trees, riverbanks, and ditches; and its importance is in the general rule that in case of discrepancy courses or distances mentioned in a description must give way so far as necessary to conform to a monument.
- n. A treatise.
- n. Distinctive mark; stamp.
- n. =Syn. 1-3. Memento, etc. See memorial.
- To erect a monument in memory of.
- To place monuments on; adorn with monuments: as, a region monumented with glorious deeds.
- n. A conspicuous crag of a somewhat pillar-like and symmetrical form.
- n. A structure built for commemorative or symbolic reasons, or as a memorial; a commemoration.
- n. An important site owned by the community as a whole.
- n. An exceptional or proud achievement.
- n. An important burial vault or tomb.
- n. A legal document.
- n. A surveying reference point marked by a permanently fixed marker (a survey monument).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial.
- n. A building, pillar, stone, or the like, erected to preserve the remembrance of a person, event, action, etc.. Also, a tomb, with memorial inscriptions.
- n. A stone or other permanent object, serving to indicate a limit or to mark a boundary.
- n. A saying, deed, or example, worthy of record.
- n. a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
- n. an important site that is marked and preserved as public property
- n. a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
- From Latin monumentum ("memorial"), from monēre ("to remind") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin monumentum, memorial, from monēre, to remind. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And as for the state to rectify the situation, to make changes to the monument is an expensive proposition.”
“This monument is at a federal facility and is not on our purview," said Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama”
“Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery — nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why.”
“Atop the monument is a crown-wearing figure believed by some to be Lucifer, the rebel angel.”
“The funicular to the top of the El Pipila monument is a must-see.”
“There will be no monument erected to her because her monument is our memory of the life of her son, our late beloved King George VI, whose worth we did not know until he was no longer here.”
“Rodia, an immigrant from Italy who died in 1965, used basic tools and found or donated materials scrap iron, mesh, shells, broken glass and tile to build the massive artwork, which he described as a monument to America and to the human spirit.”
“STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE — When the giant stones of Stonehenge begin to move and cataclysms occur all over the earth, only a fringe radio talk show host who's an expert in UFOlogy figures out that the ancient monument is really alien technology.”
“The seventh monument is a massive stone stage, approached by three broad steps.”
“This prehistoric stone monument is known world-wide as a symbol of England.”
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